Any designer can fly into a city for a personal appearance. It takes real flair to host a party from 3,000 miles away.
That's what SA's Isaac Mizrahi did a few nights ago when he appeared via satellite at a party in his honor at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills. It was the kickoff of his big fashion blowout scheduled for May 5 at Mann's Chinese Theater for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Originally, Mizrahi was supposed to be there in the flesh, but when his schedule filled up, he decided to beam himself in. The gimmick was almost better than a personal appearance, with a chain-smoking Mizrahi bantering back and forth via television with the Angelenos, who, as everyone knows, love television and hate cigarettes.
He promised that his show -- coming a year after Calvin Klein's grand gala at the Hollywood Bowl -- will "blow the roof off California." When Mizrahi said in reply to one question that there would be no men in the show, several women moaned with disappointment. He quickly changed his tune: "There's a huge finale of 50 naked men; then it's going to snow on them."
Back in New York, Julian Schnabel had an easier time getting to his opening at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery, where the moans weren't about the lack of men.
"Where are all the models?" asked Paul Morrissey. "There are usually a lot of models." Twenty minutes later, Ross Bleckner came in and said the same thing. But now that model Anh Duong -- whom Schnabel used to date -- and her friends are out of the picture, all eyes at the opening were on Schnabel's latest -- bright, messy canvases with the words "Boni Lux" ("beautiful light" in Latin) emblazoned across them.
"'It doesn't mean anything," said Schnabel's wife, Olatz Lopez Garmendia. "I just woke up one day and it was in my head."
"These have a nice color sense," said Bleckner of the work. "He didn't use those depressing colors he usually does, like brown. You might not be able to tell, but his control of the paint is really masterful. "
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)